There are lots of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids in Atlanta that have nothing to do with the Peach Drop. I love the idea of making New Year’s Eve a family friendly holiday vs. a forced party for adults that’s impossible or expensive to find a sitter to attend. If you’d like to do something with the kids this New Year’s Eve, here are some things to do on New Year’s Eve with kids in Atlanta.
Medieval Times New Year’s Extravaganza
This evening sounds like a great way to ring in the New Year with kids. The show includes the same elements that make Medieval Times a family favorite: a delicious feast, riveting jousting and horsemanship… but in celebration of 2019, the 9:30 p.m. show includes noise makers, party hats and a midnight toast to celebrate. To make it extra special, book the Medieval Times package at the Hampton Inn Gwinnett.
Noon Year’s Eve Celebration
LEGOLAND Discovery Center | 3500 Peachtree Rd NE G-1 | Atlanta | 404.848.9252
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center invites families to ring in the New Year before the clock strikes midnight at its annual Noon Year’s Eve on December 31! The balloon drop tradition will take place at noon, with a countdown displayed on screens around the center.
Kids Early New Year’s Eve Celebration
Stone Mountain Park | 1000 Robert E Lee Blvd | Stone Mountain | 770.498.5690
Because kids are just as excited to ring in the New Year as their parents—but need to be in bed before midnight—Stone Mountain Park is set to host an early New Year’s Eve Celebration. During Stone Mountain Christmas on Dec. 31., Stone Mountain Park will operate the Christmas event as usual (2 – 9 p.m.) and ring in the New Year with additional fireworks, snowfall and early countdown. Immediately after the Snow Angel Snowfall and Fireworks Finale, the New Year’s Eve activities will begin with costumed characters, music and dance-a-longs. At 8:59 p.m. the early countdown will begin and when the clock strikes 9 p.m. snow and fireworks will usher in the New Year.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta | 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW | Atlanta | 404.527.3693
Noon Year’s Eve
Fernbank Museum of Natural History | 767 Clifton Rd | Atlanta |
College Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame | 250 Marietta St. | Atlanta |
If you are Downtown for the Peach Bowl festivities, there is no better football tailgate than the College Football Hall of Fame. Kick a field goal, relive the glory days, make your own mascot or learn the psychology of the game, you’ll find all that and more at the College Football Hall of Fame.
Zip lining at Historic Banning Mills
Historic Banning Mills | 205 Horseshoe Dam Road | Whitesburg | 770.834.9149
Visitors can accomplish a fear-facing resolution at Historic Banning Mills. Holding two Guinness Book of World Records for the Tallest Freestanding Climbing Wall, and for the Longest Continuous Zip-Wire (line) course, Banning Mills is the perfect location to spend an exhilarating weekend away testing limits and overcoming fears. The Quick Trekker Belay system, which is the new and improved safety equipment used at Historic Banning Mills, creates an extremely safe experience. This system allows the hooks to slide around the cable so guests never have to worry about unhooking and can maximize time on the course.
Polar Bear Plunge
Unicoi State Park & Lodge | 1788 GA-356 | Helen | 800.573.9659
Bring your whole family and gather on the beach for Unicoi State Park’s annual Polar Bear Plunge. Celebrate the new year alongside a bonfire with a hot chocolate before you take the plunge. Register early for $10 per person or $25 per family and send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to submit yourself or family today. In addition, you may register the day of the event at 9:30am for $10 per person or $30 per family. Registration closes at 10:45am, so be sure to get there early! A $5 fee will be charged for parking.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Mountain Street | Blue Ridge |
This one isn’t family friendly, but it was so cool, I had to add it. Why go to the same old party in a hotel ballroom. The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway rings in the New Year with a train ride! The special New Year’s Eve Celebration train departs Blue Ridge at 10:00pm on New Year’s Eve and returns at approximately 12:30am. While on board, listen to live entertainment, receive party favors, adult beverages and appetizers. At midnight, a special sparkling wine to toast in the New Year. Tickets are going fast, so make your reservations early! This is and 18 and over event.
New Year’s Eve at The Battery
The Battery ATL | 800 Battery Ave SE #130 | Atlanta
Whether you are looking for a family friendly New Year’s Eve Bash or an adults-only celebration to bring in the New Year, The Battery Atlanta has you covered. Best of all, both of these events are FREE. The family-friendly party will go from 5:30p to 8pm and will include music, giveaways, and performances. Will & Hope’s Sandlot and the ice skating rink will be open!
Then, at 9pm the adults party starts. It will also feature live music and performances, a countdown to New Year’s and a fireworks finale!
Noon Years Eve at Ponce City Market
Ponce City Market |675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE | Atlanta
Skyline Park at Ponce City Market is once again hosting a family friendly Noon Years Eve party from 10 am – 2 pm on Jan. 31. The event includes face painting, balloon artists, live music from Ms. Gail of The Jumpin’ Jam Band, free Skyline Slide and Heege Tower rides, complimentary snacks for kids, arts & crafts stations, stilt walkers, and family-oriented food and drink specials! And did we mention the Bubble Blowout? At exactly 11:59, the crowd will gather to celebrate with a balloon release – but don’t worry, they are bio-degradable balloons.
Other Events Worth Mentioning
First Day Guided Nature Hikes
This isn’t a New Year’s Eve idea, but a great way to begin the New Year. All across the country, State Parks are inviting families to start the New Year with a “First Day Hike” and a commitment to healthy living. In Georgia, a several state parks have planned guided hikes where families can connect with nature and even re-connect with each other. The nationwide event is sponsored by America’s State Parks, with New Year’s Day hikes being led in all 50 states. For an entire list of New Year’s Day hikes, visit the Georgia State Park’s website under events. Families may want to call ahead to make sure hikes are suitable for the youngest family members.
Some New Year’s Eve Fun Facts
- 360+ Million – Number of glasses of sparkling wine consumed on New Year’s Eve.
- 11,875 Pounds – Weight of the Times Square Ball, which is covered with 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles.
- 20 Percent – Share of all charitable donations made in the final 48 hours of the year.
- 48 Percent – Share of parents who plan to count down the last 10 seconds of 2016 with their kids by 9 p.m.
- $10,000 – Average cost of a DUI.
Want to get your kids involved in celebrating the past year. Check out this fun printable! This video is older, but you can find the 2018 printable here.
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